Before I Fall

Before I Fall

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By (author) Lauren Oliver

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  • Publisher: Harper Torch
  • Format: Hardback | 470 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 216mm x 41mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 006172680X
  • ISBN 13: 9780061726804
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 44,506

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With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12--"Cupid Day"--should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is...until she dies in a terrible accident that night.However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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By Linda 14 Jun 2012 5

Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/review-before-i-fall-by-lauren-oliver/

I'm usually not the biggest fan of fantasy books that don't fall under a certain genre - whether it's paranormal/supernatural, magic/witchcraft, fairytale, or whatever. But surprisingly, I really liked Before I Fall.

The protagonist, Samantha (Sam for short), is one of the popular girls. She and her three best friends - Lindsay, Ally, and Elody - are the girls that everyone envies. They're the trendsetters. They're the first ones picked on teams. They're the people that everyone wants to get goody-goody with.

But then Sam dies. In a car accident coming home from a party, she loses her life and is forced to relive the last day of her life possibly forever. But as each day passes (with an almost identical routine), she learns more about herself, her friends, and a girl who could help her out of this mess.

I'm really not the biggest fan of Sam. Her original personality - kind of stuck up - turned me down. But after her death, she started to learn more about herself. Who she was. Or who she should be. It made her a better person, more concerned about others, more caring. It changed my opinion of her immensely. Her character development was a huge part of why I enjoyed this book so much.

But another reason I enjoyed this book? I adored the romance. Sam falls for a guy called Kent, who is one of the sweetest guys you'll ever meet. He's sensitive, kind, caring . . . and he's that for everyone, not just Sam. Pretty much everything girls want in their dream guy. (Sam is so lucky. Well, I mean, if she wasn't dead.)

Before I Fall was a fantastic novel, with its sweet romance and redeeming ending. The romance and plot kept me on edge at all times, and its ending put a smile on my face. I would recommend it for teenagers - or even adults - trying to find their true selves.

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

The story of BEFORE I FALL is set over a period of seven days and at the same time this story is one day replayed seven times. Doesn't sound that exciting to relive one day over and over again huh? But it definitely is!

BEFORE I FALL shows how actions can change the outcome of a day and a whole precious life. It was all about the same characters, dialogues and events, but still every time Sam's day started the replay function I couldn't wait to see what had changed and what new was about to happen. Although it was only about that one day, each new replay holds another worthy and important revelation.

It wasn't only the story which held me captivated but the character cast as well. BEFORE I FALL is told from Sam's point of view and the chapters are divided into the seven days replayed.

Sam is a person that goes through enormous changes in just a short time span. And she is one of the much loved YA characters that achieve progress (which is ironic, cause she is stuck in that loop). She learns from her mistakes and learns how to become a better friend, sister, daughter and person in general. Sam learns how to find her true self and to appreciate every single moment, her family and friends.

BEFORE I FALL also has romance. One of the most beautiful and saddest I've read about, which stunned me because it is rather subtle and doesn't dominate the story. Sam falls in love with someone she wouldn't have expected to like that much once she only got the know him. Find out yourselves about his cute and caring character. You'll love the mystery lover!!

Fascinating is to see in how far one slightly different action or dialogue can change the entire day and also Sam's relationships with several people. The way they interacted and fitted into the construct of that single day really got my attention.

Lauren Oliver's words and the uncertainty of the ending made me cry buckets. All the time I couldn't imagine how the story's going to end and the end definitely came with a surprise.

BEFORE I FALL is the second novel by Lauren Oliver that I read and another that made me cry. Lauren Oliver has such a wonderful talent. Every single of her words is simply beautiful, each character like a friend and every new book by Lauren one I don't want to miss!

THE VERDICT

It's the story of a girl on the verge of dying that will definitely have its readers crying buckets. BEFORE I FALL is a magical read about the possibilities of life, the comfort of love and the transience of existence.

By Juhina & Farah 01 Nov 2011 3

Okay, so, the synopsis of this book was VERY interesting. But reading it, was kind of boring. I mean, it started off reaalllyy good. But then, after she keeps repeating the day of her death, it kinda made me feel like im reading the SAME thing over and over. BUT things start to change after her fourth or fifth day. Which is funny, because she does some crazy things that make me laugh my butt off. hahah.
Anyways, in the beginning of the book, Sam and her friends were PISSING OFFF! They were those type of girls who would just party party party, make fun and bully other people, and just dont give a damn about anything but themselves. That pissed me off and i didnt really like them that much. But Sam changed and i loved her in the end.
The author always shows that they are really close friends, but since they ARE, i dont know why they arent honest with eachother. For example, Lindsey can be VERY bossy. And if one of the girls do something she doesnt like, she makes fun of it and even spreads it all over the school. I mean cmoon, if you think horse riding isnt cool, but your friend likes it, deal with it.
Now the boys, Rob was okay. But i sometimes felt he was too much of a show off. And sometimes he can get really naggy too. Since im an artist, i LOVED Kent. I fall in love with any boy who draws. (haha) But really i think its soo cute when he drew Sam that cute cartoon with her rose. ADORABLE.
Okay in the end, it was a good book. True, it would be annoying sometimes, but it made me laugh and was funny too. Honestly, in the end, im not even sure if she DID die or not.

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By TeensReadToo 18 Sep 2010 5

What would you do if you knew it was your last day to live? What if you had the chance to do it over and over again? Would you change your actions and your way of thinking?

In BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver, Samantha Kingston has the chance to do just that. She is killed one night in a car accident, but wakes up the next morning, only to find that the day is happening all over again. She soon learns that just one little change in her actions can alter how the rest of the day goes, not only for her, but also for those around her.

When I read the summary of BEFORE I FALL some time back, I knew instantly that I wanted to read it. And once I got the book, I couldn't wait to start. But I quickly started thinking that I made a mistake. I didn't like Sam, the main character, AT ALL! I thought she and her friends were self-centered, and annoying, and not at all what high school was like. I was about to stop reading the book, which I never do, when I decided to go read other reviews online. Many of the other reviewers mentioned how they didn't care for Sam, either, but continued on and ended up loving the book. So I decided to continue reading. And thank goodness I did!

Throughout the story, we see Sam do a complete one-eighty and turn from an annoying, selfish, immature teenager into a young lady who realizes that she can help change someone's life. I loved how each day, Sam figured out how just one small action would cause a completely different reaction. And I really liked Kent. He seemed so sweet and was always there for Sam.

The ending of the story really pulls at your heartstrings. It's sad but in a happy way, if that makes any sense. This novel makes you realize that life is short, and your actions regarding yourself and others have consequences that you might never imagine.

By Emma Davies 20 May 2010 5

At the beginning of this book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Written in 1st person narrative, Sam starts of as unlikeable; popular by association basing her actions and preferences on being accepted by the 'in' crowd. Peer pressure is an incredibly powerful thing and shown in all its *glory* in this story, the I felt as if Sam had no personality of her own, for all intents and purposes she was a sheep. And then she died.


Initially, I thought it was like an emotional Groundhog day (which is even mentioned within the narrative). However, as I relived each last day with Sam I really felt for her. Sam's fear of dying was palpable within the narrative. Very, very powerful writing. I felt as if I was there with her every step of the way. Imagine reliving the day you die over and over again, knowing that it is inevitable; that here is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Knowing the exact time, place and circumstance of your own death. How frightened would you be as the minutes ticked away.

As Sam relives the same day over and over, we are exposed to the 5 stages of grief, (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance). Sam is grieving for herself not only for the life that she has yet to live but for the mistakes she has made so far.

Getting the opportunity to repeat the same day gives Sam a chance to rectify some of the mistakes she has made. The opportunity to see people in a different light, to say the things she always wanted to say but never felt it was the right time and to be the person she really wanted to be rather than conforming. Sam gains a whole new perspective and discovers true love in the process.

All the characters were well developed and almost 3 dimensional, there personalities and interactions were so real to me I felt I was there right along with Sam. I could relate to all of them in one way or another. The narrative incorporates a lot of sensitive issues such as substance abuse, sex and eating disorders; issues although not dealt with in depth reflect the inner turmoil people suffer while projecting a very different outward image. The saying 'never judge a book by it's cover' strongly applies to the characters within this book.

I finished reading this book very late in the night; I went to sleep thinking about it and woke up the next morning still thinking about it. Is is one of those haunting stories that stays with you. For me it was an emotional roller-coaster. I felt as if I had been swallowed whole, chewed up into one big gloppy mess and then spat back out. I have to admit to absolutely sobbing my heart out while reading this one (not the usual silent tears but the gasping, sniffing type of sobbing). It really is an amazing book, you will need a lot of tissues.

Review quote

"Oliver's debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Back cover copy

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High--from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.Instead, it turns out to be her last.Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death--and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.